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Thousands Protest NC Pastor Charles Worley, Who Said Gays Should Be Fenced in and Killed: VIDEO



More than 2,000 protesters came out from all over the country to protest Providence Road Baptist Church Pastor Charles Worley, whose Mother's Day sermon in which he suggested gays and lesbians should be fenced in and killed went viral last week, the Hickory Record reports.

Catawba2The protestors came out in force to bring a message of love and acceptance. Their signs bore bold statements like, “Jesus had 2 dads and he turned out just fine.” And “I am a gay, moral, conservative Christian.”

Sheriff’s deputies and Newton police officers kept the peace as the protestors stood by the side of the road and cheered every time a car drove past and honked in approval.

A vocal group of more than 50 counter-protestors were on hand to support Worley and his church. They too had signs with slogans like, “Sodomites are vile, unnatural and worthy of death. Romans 1:21-32.” And “Gay pride is why Sodom got fried.”

Catawba3The Charlotte Observer reported the crowds were slightly smaller:

About 1,200 people came from across North Carolina and other states Sunday to protest a Maiden preacher’s recent anti-gay sermon. Beyond the protest, many said they wanted to support each other after a demoralizing ballot defeat and to show the nation that many people in North Carolina support gay rights. Some even came to declare their sexuality publicly for the first time.

There was also a reported arson attempt on Worley's church on Friday night:

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said about 50 law enforcement personnel patrolled during the protest, and there were no arrests. The Sheriff’s Office, however, did issue at least one warning citation to a counter protestor for violating the noise ordinance.

“With this many people, it went pretty well,” said Reid.

Reid told NewsChannel 36, the Observer’s news partner, that someone set fire to a power box at Providence Baptist Church on Friday. Reid said the fire marshal is investigating the incident, but there is no reason to believe the fire is linked to the protests.

PrbcWorley, meanwhile, was greeted with a standing ovation by his congregation, the Hickory Record reported:

Church members and about 100 visitors from in and outside the area gave Worley a standing ovation when he approached the pulpit. A few members stood up from the pews and spoke out in favor of Worley as officers watched and intervened when one particularly longwinded member spoke.

The atmosphere was a vocal and jubilant one. The sanctuary was mostly full, with the vast majority of the crowd singing and crying out in joy. Many threw their hands up in praising the Lord and in support of the pastor.

“I appreciate all the support,” Worley said, buoyed by the loud cheers and applause of the congregation.

Barely touching on the subject of his May 13 sermon that sparked the controversy, Worley did not apologize. “I’ve got a King James Bible,” Worley said. “I’ve been a preacher for 53 years. Do you think I’m going to bail out on this?”

Instead, Worley focused on being proud of the Bible. “Everything I do, say, or preach, I believe in this book,” he said.

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  1. I hope that someone investigates the "arson" attempt, this is a claim to garner sympathy from the public and if a glbt person did attempt any such crime I hope that person gets about 30 years, there is no excuse for violence against this group and it harms the glbt cause.

    Posted by: lk | May 28, 2012 10:42:03 AM

  2. Why are people still harping on the Sodom and Gomorrah nonsense. Do people really look at Sweden and Norway...two of the gay-friendliest countries in the world that also top every quality of life index, or even Massachusetts, an affluent state with the best schools in the country, then look at Africa and the Middle East and say...yes...God is certainly punishing gay-friendly countries!

    Posted by: Bill S. | May 28, 2012 11:01:52 AM

  3. So, according to the story the bible thumpers held signs saying "Sodomites are vile, unnatural and worthy of death Romans 1:21-32." Actually, it doesn't say anything of the sort, and I'm not talking esoteric bible studies here. From the preachers very own king james bible, I searched in vain for those words. Just google it and you'll see it's about god being pissed because man didn't thank and worship him enough. Then there's a weird passage saying because of this god made men have sex with men, practical joker that he is. The rest of the passage is a laundry list of sins that god is really pissed about, which doesn't mention homosexuality but does mention gossiping, envy and lack of love and mercy along with the usual murder etc, and says all of those things are worthy of death.

    I don't believe a word in that book, but since these people have supposedly dedicated their lives to it, seems odd they would outright lie about its contents, especially since deceit is on the deserving of death list.

    Posted by: Brian | May 28, 2012 11:05:23 AM

  4. Well, there's his problem right there. The King James Bible.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | May 28, 2012 11:09:38 AM

  5. This isn't really about scripture; what Worley is preaching is antithetical to scripture. It just isn't there and it is contradicted in scripture. These folks have built a 'faith' on a false notion of what scripture says -- they probably haven't read it -- if they can even read -- and don't understand it if they have tried to read it. The fact that the harp on "King James Bible" shows that not only are they ignorant about what scriptures says, but they also have no idea where it came from or how they got it. The probably believe Jesus spoke King James English. Arguing logically with these folks is a waste of time. You can't teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

    Posted by: Alex Parrish | May 28, 2012 11:10:37 AM

  6. @Bill S....yes they do...because people that look upon us the way these people do are not ever going to look at the facts or statistics.
    They can't understand them, many can't even read them correctly...and they are unable to wrap their heads around a new thought...period.
    They eat the way they've always eaten, and think they way they've always thought. They live & die in a very small world...agin & agin.
    The process of natural selection will eventually resolve this...but it sure is painful waiting.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 11:11:42 AM

  7. "The atmosphere was a vocal and jubilant one. The sanctuary was mostly full, with the vast majority of the crowd singing and crying out in joy. Many threw their hands up in praising the Lord and in support of the pastor."

    They just love hating, don't they?

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 28, 2012 11:26:31 AM

  8. So what if monkeys in a building whopped, hollered and raised their arms. Imagine what would have happened if there were tree and bananas in there.

    To LK above, I'm not sure that death threats and pleas for internment with starvation don't actually deserve a little fire and brimstone.

    Posted by: StevyD | May 28, 2012 11:31:16 AM

  9. I wonder if he knows that King James was at the very least bisexual, and that he had the Bible rewritten because the prevuous version equated King with Dictator which HM was not pleased with.

    Posted by: Swiminbuff | May 28, 2012 11:33:05 AM

  10. "You can't teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig."

    Best line of the day. No point in even trying after this.

    Posted by: TJ | May 28, 2012 11:38:47 AM

  11. @Stevyd...funny banana joke! Thanks for addressing LK's comment. It offends me to hear that we should be careful in our response to hate and violence "agin" us (love that!). I'm not a violent person by nature...but I'm boiling up inside these days. We should be very angry...what else can we feel! So, I guess if I were going to be flip about it, I would say...why not burn down that church if we could? They would put us behind electric fences if they could!

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 11:43:51 AM

  12. Remember, Worley represents a splinter sect even more radically conservative than the Southern Baptists, a denomination founded in 1845 to provide biblical justification for slavery, to salve the conscience of the slaveholder.

    Posted by: Tim B. | May 28, 2012 12:00:58 PM

  13. ..... and may they all follow Worley over the edge of North Carolina's tallest building. Amen.

    Posted by: NorthoftheBorder | May 28, 2012 12:04:53 PM

  14. Christians wanting to murder LGBT people is proof the anti-gay Christians are insane psychopaths who are working for Satan who wants them to murder people like Hitler murdered Jews and homosexuals, just because they are different.

    Posted by: Dave | May 28, 2012 12:05:40 PM

  15. As someone noted on Afterelton, The nazis already tried this; they lost and we're still here.

    BTW, just putting gays behind a fence so they can "die out" won't work as long as the perpetrators--i.e. straight people--don't stop making us.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | May 28, 2012 12:21:06 PM

  16. my 'power box' is fried too, it has a short in it and there are burn marks where it happened. I have read there were deputies at the church during the service so how did this happen? Probably what happened is something shorted out and they have exaggerated it with "somone tried to" etc...with electrical stuff that is way more common than actual vandalism.

    The 'counterprotestors' are from a church is GA that is listed as a hate group, it seems like a southern 'Phelps' type church, it's not clear that anyone was there from Worley's own church.

    Posted by: alana | May 28, 2012 12:21:24 PM

  17. @TimB...I understand what you're saying and it's important to keep perspective. However, isn't every modern day religous cult rooted in some lunatic fringe that broke off from another larger cult because they differed in doctrine? In fact, isn't the SBC just that? Were they not some radicals who left behind the Church of England for differences of opinion? THEY may start out small and fringe...but THEY often pick up steam...and become mainstream.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 12:25:32 PM

  18. This is the plan of the anti-gay Christians who are working long hours and spending their money to harass LGBT people, their goal is to make constant harassment by doing things that bother and upset gays until the LGBT people give up or die. These evil Christians will do and say anything to destroy LGBT people, that is their plan. Remember these anti-gay Christians, Catholics, Mormons and Evangelical Christians are the kind of people who use to murder "sinners" (really innocent people) by burning them at the stake. They are that evil and anybody that evil has to be working for the devil.

    Posted by: Dave | May 28, 2012 12:26:02 PM

  19. Dave, Dave, Dave...the "devil" is not a real employer. Remember...he's a figment of their imagination used to create fear & guilt. Let's not turn their convenient ally into a real boogy man.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 12:31:09 PM

  20. well, the problem is that if you want to get right down to "scripture" it's impossible to be an anti-gay (or anti-homosexual) "Christian" - as doing so would contradict everything in the bloody tome, and there are no actual specific condemnations of homosexuality

    truly. there are none. now, this may inspire some braindead nutbag to come on and post about Leviticus or some corinthians nonsense but i'm rather tired of explaining the reality of historical context to people whose knowledge of the bible only goes as far as a google search will take them.

    worley is scum, his supporters are the trash of America, and the fact that they NEED to hate gays to justify their pathetic existence is sad beyond words. this, believe it or not, is the GOP base - people who will focus on "an enemy different from them" in order to ignore the fact that "the people who are just like them" are doing all they can to SCREW THEM OVER, cuz they's just po' poor people and they don't need money, or healthcare, or dental work, or jobs or educmacation, just jeebus.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 28, 2012 12:32:09 PM

  21. I feel pretty strongly that this protest is a mistake; it's giving the preacher free publicity. The best comparison is to a schoolyard bully -- he just wants attention, so the best strategy is to ignore him until he goes away.

    If this were a prominent Republican or something, I would understand . . . but this guy would die in obscurity if it were not for protests such as this.

    Posted by: Daniel | May 28, 2012 12:39:08 PM

  22. We're losing this battle.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 28, 2012 12:39:39 PM

  23. Good morning Kiwi ! Daniel, you're right...but don't you think that more people see him and think he's a lunatic than see him and think he's a "man of god". So, although it gives him his 15 minutes of fame...maybe it's 15 minutes shame and will be received as such.
    He can't be winning too many hearts & minds with this kind of hate speech. Certainly not winning any nobel peace prizes or public speaking awards....or even his GED.

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 28, 2012 12:50:03 PM

  24. the most frustrating thing about mentions of "Sodom" is that the bible is pretty f***ing explicit that the "sin of Sodom" was GREED - wealthy folks hoarding money and not sharing it with the poor. that's why the city was stuck down in that fairytale.

    so, you'd think out of fear of "God's Wrath" bible-thumpers would be against the GOP's financial outlooks, as they're exactly what the "city of Sodom" was detroyed for embodying.

    THIS is why conservatives and republicans insist on being anti-gay : it's the onyl way to trick the fools who support them into voting for the ACTUAL Sodomites of America.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 28, 2012 12:55:18 PM

  25. UFFDA, what are you talking about? Are you an anti-gay troll?

    Posted by: nikko | May 28, 2012 1:02:39 PM

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